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"It is not really necessary to look too far into the future. We see through enough already to be certain it will be magnificent." -- Orville Wright

Rules for COs

Rules for Running a Sim in Theta Fleet


1. Player Bios
COs are responsible for checking over the bios of their crew and ensuring that bios are in line with Theta Fleet rules. It is not enough to read them when you accept them. Check them from time to time, as players tend to edit their bios after they are on a ship.

2. Applications.
COs can accept or reject applicants to their sim as they wish. Command will not interfere unless the CO shows a marked bias. JAG does not handle complaints if a CO removes a player for just cause.

3. No Super Ships.
For example, no ships that can fly through planets, out gun a Borg cube or have the best of the best in EVERY department. The ship has to be plausible within Trek canon. This rule is not negotiable.

4. Alternate Universe Sims
Alternate Universe sims, including the 2009 movie, must still be plausible within the Star Trek Universe. (They will be part of Area 51 and not the other Task Groups.)

5. Ship Name and Class
A CO can pick his or her own ship type and name. However, both of these need to be approved by Theta Fleet first. This is to ensure that we don't have too many of any one type of ship and we don't have ship names that have been used in the fleet or can be considered offensive.

6. Task Group COs
TGCOs are there to help and mentor COs. If you have a question, you can ask them. They will routinely look over your ship, ship logs and bios and make suggestions if necessary or requested.

7. No Big Brother
Theta Fleet is not going to tell you how to run your sim outside of the established rules. You pick the missions. You approve the characters, etc. for your sim. If the sim strays too far from the rules, we will work with the CO to help find an amicable solution.
If a CO has a problem that cannot be handled by the TGCO, you can go to the TFCO, DCTF (Deputy Commander, Theta Fleet) or CTF (Commander, Theta Fleet) for a resolution. The CTF has final say, if necessary.

8. Recruitment
Theta Fleet will aid sims in development and promotion. In return, the sims will maintain a level of quality and plausibility that reflects Theta Fleet standards. (No, we are not going to become the Quality Police, but we expect you to mentor players who need extra help and kindly inform them of the rules when necessary.)

9. Promotions and Awards
Promotions and awards should be given out based on merit, not time served. That being said, EVERY player deserves recognition from time to time if they are active. Be mindful that people like to know they are appreciated.

10. Type of Sim Play
Theta Fleet does not mandate what TYPE of sim you run. You can do Play By Email, Forum Board, SMS or Nova. However, each ship's website must contain:
a. Crew roster (personnel) with bios.
b. Open positions.
c. Sample posts for people to read. (SMS and Nova can be set to list the last three posts.)
d. Ship class and specs.
e. List of sim rules.
f. Link to Theta Fleet.

11. Rules for Players & Characters
Make sure the characters and NPCs on your sim are in line with the TF player rules. New species should fall under the guidelines set for Theta Fleet. (No super characters are allowed.) If you have a question, ask your TGCO or TFCO.

12. Monthly Reports
Reports: All sims are expected to send in a monthly report. This process only takes a few minutes and allows Theta Fleet to track each sim's progress. The Monthly Report in the IFS is broken. Please submit your report through the THETA FLEET FORUMS. There is a Forum list for Monthly Reports. This allows us to keep a history of the fleet and track sim progress over a long period of time.

13. Theta Fleet Awards
The monthly Unit of Distinction Awards are based on Post Per Player Average (PPPA as long as the posts are generally well-written and deal with character development or mission progression. Posts should not be excessively short. (Solo posts should be at least 300 words, preferably 400. Joint posts should be at least 600 words, preferably 800. Splitting posts should be in 1000 word segments -- or more. Do not split a post that is shorter than 1600 words.) A CO must file a monthly report to be eligible for this award.
Player of the Month is for a player that goes above and beyond in a given month. This can be in character, out of character or both.
Writer of the Month is for the body of writing by one player in a given month to recognize quality, creativity or just plain entertainment value.
Admiral's Choice Awards are for recognition that doesn't fall under the above awards.
Suggestions for all awards except the Unit of Distinction are welcome and should be sent to the CTF and Director of Awards.
Whenever possible, Player of the Month and Writer of the Month awards will be chosen based on suggestions in the monthly report.

14. What Constitutes a Post?
A post is defined as a completed log. Individual tags to a post do not count, only the completed post itself. You get one post count for every person in the completed post. (SMS and Nova do this automatically). So, if you have a post with 5 players, the one post would count as five. On the other hand, if it is a solo post or a personal log, it only counts as one. If a ship has 50 posts for the month and 10 players, their monthly average would be 5 posts per player. (Yes, this rule is here because someone wanted to count each tag on a forum-based sim as a separate post.)

15. Sim Content
As most people look at the ships in Theta Fleet as a representation of the fleet as a whole, do not put any content on your ship that could have a significant negative impact on potential simmers. Basically, anything that is clearly subjective, mean-spirited, argumentative or offensive that will cast a bad light on the fleet as a whole is prohibited.
The sim is NOT a place to make political or personal statements about real life.

16. Monthly CO Meetings
COs are expected to attend a monthly CO meeting (generally the first Sunday of each month). The meeting is to ensure that all COs and Admiralty are aware of what's going on in the Fleet and have open lines of communication. If a CO cannot attend due to work or other obligations, they can let the CTF know. Minutes will be sent to the CO list and posted in the Fleet Database.

17. Lead By Example
COs are expected to follow the Rules for Player & Character in Theta Fleet. You cannot expect your players to follow the rules if you aren't doing so yourself. (This goes for all TF rules.)
If you have any questions or problems, feel free to talk to your TGCO, TFCO, DCTF or CTF. All are willing to listen and do what they can to help. The CTF is online a lot and generally easy to reach.

18. CO Leave of Absence
If a CO needs to take a leave of absence (one week to one month), he or she must inform the XO, TGCO, and CTF.
The TGCO must make sure the TFCO, CTF and DCTF know what's going on. Likewise, if the CO only reports to the CTF, the CTF should inform the DCTF, TFCO and TGCO.
A CO can request an ELOA if the XO, TGCO, TFCO and CTF are aware of it (and it is a legitimate reason).
A CO must make every effort to contact the XO, TGCO, TFCO and Commanders to inform them of the LOA/ELOA, reason for the absence and its duration.
Quite often, this can be done by sending an email to the TGCO, TFCO, DCTF and CTF.
If a CO disappears for more than one month without advance warning, they may be removed from their command. There must be a valid reason for said disappearance without an email or PM.
Also if a CO goes on LOA or ELOA, returns but does not return to full activity (as in the CO posts once or twice and leaves again), it does not count as a new LOA/ELOA.
If a CO is to be away from their sim for more than three months, there is a very good chance they will be removed from command as such an extended absence is detrimental to the sim as a whole.

19. Privacy Policy
Theta Fleet values the privacy of its members. To this end, we do not condone webmasters and system administrators (including COs) using their access to read private messages sent on their sim/s or private emails sent from their site without just cause. (This does NOT include saved mission posts or forum posts.)
Just cause includes suspected illegal activities or harassment (as long as they have a valid reason for such suspicion).
The first time a SysAdmin is caught invading the privacy of someone on a sim they will be given a warning. The second time, disciplinary action will be taken. The third time, they will be kicked out of the fleet.
However, if a SysAdmin himself violates the privacy of a member of the fleet for malicious or vindictive reasons, they may be removed immediately.
Any web host caught invading the privacy of members of Theta Fleet will no longer host any TF sites unless they, too, can show just cause.

20. Number of Sims a CO Can Run.
A CO who is active on his or her sim and has an active crew may, at the discretion of the Command Staff, start up a second sim in Theta Fleet. The first sim must be at least two months old, preferably six, and not suffer from the addition of another sim.
A CO cannot run more than two sims in Theta Fleet.
B. If a CO has two active sims in Theta Fleet and a third either independent or in another fleet and has shown that he or she can run all three; and if there comes a time that said CO must leave the other fleet, an exception can be granted by Fleet Command to allow said CO to bring the third sim into Theta Fleet.

21. Sim Activity.
The CTF keeps a database of sim activity (posts per month). If a sim has no activity for three consecutive months, that sim will be shut down or the CO removed. There can be exceptions to this, but they will be handled on a case-by-case basis.

22. CO activity.
A CO is required to be active on his or her sim. They should log in to their sim at least once a week (preferably two or more times a week) and respond to emails and PMs.
A sim is only as good (and as active) as its Commanding Officer. If a CO is consistently absent, he or she may be removed from command.

23. Be Respectful.
We all have different opinions on how a sim should be run and we occasionally disagree with each other on various subjects.
However, as a CO in Theta Fleet, you are expected to be polite and respectful of your players, the other COs and the command staff in public. Do not post your grievances on a message board, public forum or public mailing list.
The TF CO list and CO meeting is not considered “public.”
If you have a problem, you can bring it to the CTF, DCTF or JAG and we will do our best to help.

24. Starting Up
When starting a new sim, it is a good idea to write 1 (one) establishing post. This can be the CO coming aboard or getting his/her orders. This lets potential players see that there is activity and it gives them a good idea who the CO is.
When a second player joins the sim, let him/her do a coming aboard post and meet the CO. When a third joins, that character can also come aboard and meet the CO and the other player. With three you can start setting up departments, etc.
You do not have to do the above, but it is an option to get your crew motivated and excited to write. When you get a fourth player, you are active and should be writing with your crew (See rule #25).

25. Operational Status
When a sim gets four players/users (including the CO), it is considered "active." Start coming aboard posts, meeting the CO posts, and settling in posts. Get to know the other characters. When a sim has six players/users, it is considered "operational." This means there are enough "staff" to run a skeleton crew. (Remember rule #13 under Rules for Players & Characters: one player per player character.)


March 25, 2017



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